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Common Core Growing Pains

Lynne Hoffman Posted by Lynne Hoffman in Community Hub on Sep 25, 2013 11:05:32 AM

Are the Common Core Standards establishing a national curriculum for public schools and preventing states from controlling what is best for their students?  According to the article, "Backlash over Common Core State Standards," lawmakers and governors who supported the Common Core Standards when they were first adopted in 2010 now see problems with national government dictating state mandates without funding the cost of implementation.


Others are wondering if the Common Core standards are really effective in reading, writing, and math--"Just how effective are the Common Core State Standards?"


Five states (Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia) have not adopted these standards while some of the 45 others, who have fully adopted the Common Core, are now "re-evaluating their decisions."  Is it possible that these standards are more "a one-size-fits-all pathway instead of a 'great equalizing force,' in which the common standards bridge a gap between vocational education and the university pathway." (quoted from eSchool News, August 12, 2013)


Do you believe that students will learn more if learning targets are set higher, passing grades for states tests are set higher, and more learning will occur if lesson plans and textbooks are more complex and rigorous?  If yes, then you think like many who argue that the Common Core Standards are an important 21st century step in improving the quality of education.


However, with the requirement of digital, uniform testing, some states are concerned that technology for testing is inadequate and student pass rates will drop as difficulties arise in maintaining the Common Core Standards--"States worried about Common Core tests."  This article suggests that some students may need extra assistance in passing the tests while others may require remediation after failing the tests.  That means more funding from states who are already facing major budget deficits.


So are the Common Core Standards losing popularity?  An article from eClassroom News--"4 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are losing popularity"--suggests that limited resources, underdeveloped high stakes testing, lack of alignment for college-readiness, and stifling creativity make the policy makers and educators skeptical of the standards' future.


Are the Common Core Standards achieving their purpose? 
What's your opinion about the future of the Common Core Standards? 
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